Barnes finished Monday's preseason win over the 76ers with 13 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks.

Playing without Khem Birch (COVID-19 protocols), Pascal Siakam (shoulder), Chris Boucher (finger) and Gary Trent (quad), the Raptors unleashed Barnes in the starting lineup in his first taste of NBA action. The No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft finished as a game-high plus-19 in 25 minutes and contributed an impressive all-around effort that included a combined four blocks and steals. Just how large of a role Barnes will have during the regular season remains to be seen, but coach Nick Nurse has only had positive things to say about the rookie, who has the size and versatility to effectively play multiple positions.

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